FC Lahti

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Lahti
Club crest
Full name FC Lahti
Nickname(s) Mustat kuhnurit (The Black Drones)
Founded 1996
Ground Lahden Stadion,
Lahti
Ground Capacity 14,500
Chairman Mika Halttunen
Manager Toni Korkeakunnas
League Veikkausliiga
2013 Veikkausliiga, 5th
Home colours
Away colours
Lahden Stadion - Aerial view

FC Lahti is a Finnish football club, based in a Finnish city of Lahti. It currently plays in the Finnish Premier League (Veikkausliiga) after placing first in Finnish First Division (Ykkönen) during season 2011. The homeground of FC Lahti is Lahden Stadion.

History[edit]

FC Lahti was founded in 1996 when two time-honoured archrival clubs from Lahti - FC Kuusysi and Reipas Lahti (Founded in Viipuri and moved to Lahti after Viipuri was ceded to USSR in 1947) - decided to end their time in Finnish top-football and create a new club to make people of Lahti proud. Also the reserve club FC Pallo-Lahti was formed, but it was closed down after a couple of seasons due to economic difficulties. Both Reipas and Kuusysi controlled the junior section of the club.

FC Lahti played its first season, 1997, in the southern group of Ykkönen, the second tier of Finnish football. It finished second in the first half of the split league format type league system, but was placed third in the final half behind FC Haka and PK-35 which were promoted to Veikkausliiga. The next season, 1998, was victorious and FC Lahti finally gained promotion to the highest tier until relegating at the end of the season 2010.

In the premier division Lahti hasn't yet achieved as much as Kuusysi and Reipas did. In 2007 Lahti won the Finnish League Cup. In 2008 FC Lahti was third in the Veikkausliiga final table and took a place for Uefa Europa League qualification rounds season 2009.

Honours[edit]

FC Lahti in Europe[edit]

Lahti were Liverpool’s first European opponents following the English club European ban in the wake of the Heysel disaster. Although they lost the first leg at Anfield 1–6, they defeated Liverpool 1–0 in the second leg in Finland thanks to a goal from Mike Belfield.

As of July 23, 2009.

Season Competition Round Club Home Away
2009–10 UEFA Europa League 1QR Albania Dinamo Tirana 4–1 0–2
2QR Slovenia ND Gorica 2–0 0–1
3QR Belgium Club Brugge 1–1 2–3

Season to season[edit]

Season Level Division Section Administration Position Movements
1997 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 2nd Promotion Group - 3rd
1998 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) South Group Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 1st Promotion Group - 1st - Promoted
1999 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 10th Relegation Group - Playoffs
2000 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 8th
2001 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 9th
2002 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 7th Upper Group - 8th
2003 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 5th
2004 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 7th
2005 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 6th
2006 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 8th
2007 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 8th
2008 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 3rd
2009 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 11th
2010 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 14th Relegated
2011 Tier 2 Ykkönen (First Division) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 1st Promoted
2012 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 5th
2013 Tier 1 Veikkausliiga (Premier League) Finnish FA (Suomen Palloliitto) 5th

Current squad[edit]

As of 13 April 2014.

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Finland GK Henrik Moisander
2 Finland DF Jani Tanska
3 Finland DF Mikko Hauhia (captain)
5 Finland DF Mikael Salimäki
6 Finland DF Pyry Kärkkäinen
7 Finland FW Drilon Shala
8 Finland MF Onuray Köse
9 Brazil FW Rafael
10 Finland MF Matti Klinga
11 Cameroon FW Ariel Ngueukam
12 Finland GK Joonas Meronen
No. Position Player
13 Finland DF Markus Joenmäki
14 Finland MF Jasse Tuominen
15 Finland FW Tomi Saarelma
16 Finland DF Henri Toivomäki
17 Finland MF Eero Korte
20 Sierra Leone MF Hassan Sesay
21 Finland FW Jaakko Hietikko
22 Finland FW Loorents Hertsi
28 Finland FW Driton Shala
30 Finland GK Miikka Mujunen
34 Netherlands MF Hafid Salhi

Managers[edit]

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